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A big difference between a successful communications technology corporation, startup or project and a flop is the development of the solution behind...

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Telecom Tidbits (part # 2450)

Amazon Using Trojan Horse Approach To Go After Smartphone Voice Market. Amazon is agressively pursuing the voice personal assistant market, focusing...

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Telecom Tidbits (#2449)

Telecom is still broken. Ordering a 1GB Internet port in a Lit building has turned from a 2 week turn up...

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Shock! IBM Reverses Telecommuting Policy. Here's Why

It's mind-boggling. It's incredible. The biggest news in tech culture is without question  the reversal by IBM regarding a telecommuting policy which...

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What does having no PSTN lines really mean?

There are firm actions starting to take place about PSTN sunset.  What this means is that our landline networks that we...

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10 Seismic Communications Trends Creating Billions in New Value

People need not apply in our brave new communications future Communications was once a person-to-person mechanism allowing individuals to collaborate or share...

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The Importance of Good Call Progress Analysis with Software Media Servers

Robo-Calls are rightly getting negative press and regulation. But Call Progress Analysis (CPA) has many legitimate uses beyond enabling Robo-Calls. Dialogic has...

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LTE And (Over) A 1000 Words

November 8, 2016

If you go to the Global mobile Suppliers Association website, you can get some very interesting information in the form of white papers and other content. In fact, you can get the picture above if you click here.  And that picture really does say a 1000 words.

First of all, and this no news, LTE has been the fastest growing mobile system ever. 

NFV Needs to Get Out of the Muck

November 1, 2016

Almost two years ago, this Heavy Reading whitepaper came out. Today, NFV MANO is still an issue that is holding back NFV.  Don’t get me wrong, the concept of an orchestration layer to manage different VNFs from different vendors is good.  The promise of best of breed VNF software being plugged into an overall NFV solution is great.  

LTE and Voice = VoLTE

October 25, 2016


Every year, Ericsson puts out a nice overall Mobility Report in June.  I’m finally getting around to reading it now.  There is some really nice information in there about IoT growth and 5G.

However, this one graphic really struck me.  

Whatever Happened to Dialogic Boards?

October 18, 2016

I stopped wearing Dialogic shirts in airports many many years ago, simply because I often got stopped by people who used our boards and wanted to talk about them.  I still remember the event that tipped me - someone asked me if a PEB bus could go to 5 feet in length.  (Note: I knew the answer back then, but I don’t remember what it was – probably no, though).

Anyway, I recently wore my Dialogic shirt in an airport for the first time in 15 years and voila, I got stopped by someone. 

SS7 Staying Power

October 11, 2016


Back in April, I wrote a blog about LTE subscription growth and ended that blog with “by the end of 2020, half of all mobile connections will NOT be LTE.  In fact, in 2015, 3G still grew.”  On June 9th, the GSA put a press releaseout about LTE, but that press release also contained the words “3G/HSPA subscriptions grew by 48 million” in Q1 2016.  So even though all we hear about is LTE these days, 3G remains important.And with 3G growth, there is also SS7 growth.  SS7 has been in the background of 3G signaling and continues to be an important element in any 3G buildout.

LTE and Voice - Destined to be Together?

October 4, 2016

We all love LTE – we love the speed, we love the easy on-ramp to the internet, and we love the quality of video it enables to mobile devices of all sorts.  But voice with LTE – many of us haven’t yet been given the chance to experience.  They are destined to be together – voice in LTE is a type of data, and the mobile service providers will need to reduce expenses and retire the old 3G networks (which can be used for voice), in favor of a single network.  The LTE Voice Summit next week in London explores these issues.

Coming of the Mobile Advertising Age

September 27, 2016

Many of you probably know about the yearly Internet Trends report that comes out from Mary Meeker.  There is always a lot of thought-provoking information in there, and if you are interested in macro trends and their potential impacts, that’s a great place to start.

One area she covered is mobile advertising.  Given that mobile is an on-ramp to the internet, and by many estimates access to the internet via mobile devices is past 50% now compared to access via desktop, it makes sense that internet models of making money would or should become prevalent in the mobile world. 

Value-Added Services in the VoLTE World - Enterprises

September 20, 2016


From an enterprise value-added services perspective, voice conferencing could be a good one.  Enterprises still need to host conferences, so conferences that can be on-demand would provide value. Adding video to a voice conference, and enabling collaboration to that conference, would be even better.  Expanding out a traditional service like this is a good example of a VAS that a service provider could offer and get paid for. 

Value-Added Services in the VoLTE World - Leveraging the Device

September 13, 2016

Looking at the subscriber from a different perspective, that is, one who is going to use the mobile device as an on-ramp to the internet, the service provider can embrace the Internet model of making money: extracting value add from the advertisers instead of the subscriber. Half of all internet traffic is from mobile, which means there’s huge opportunity for location-based advertising. I’ve started to see mobile ads now, and given the prevalence of ads when accessing the internet from our laptop, I’m not as taken aback by ads on my phone as I might have been at one time.  The time is probably right now for this. 

Value-Added Services in the VoLTE World - RCS

September 6, 2016


Mobile Value-Added Services (VAS) has historically meant any kind of service beyond voice where the service provider could charge an additional fee. Because it was “value” and it was “added” the thinking was to charge extra for the added value.  And these value-added services at one time produced revenue in the double-digit billions of dollars for the mobile service providers.  This included SMS until texting became a commodity, and then all kinds of interesting applications such as color ring back tones, mobile music, gaming, etc.

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